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  • To have an operating system installed, you will need to include an appropriately sized Compact Flash card in your order
  • miniPCI wireless cards do not include a pigtail or antenna

Note: This product has been discontinued. Please check out the net6501 and the APU2 as alternatives to the net5501.

Compact and silent, the net5501 uses very little power, has no moving parts and is ultra-reliable, making it ideal for use as a dedicated network appliance.

With four ethernet ports as standard and a 500MHz CPU with 512 MB of RAM, the net5501 is ideal for use as a firewall, VPN Router, internet gateway or VoIP PBX.

You can add a 2.5″ laptop hard drive, as well as a miniPCI expansion card, allowing the net5501 to serve in an even wider variety of applications.

The net5501 includes a board and case, ready for you to add your choice of Compact Flash card, operating system, expansion cards and power supply. You can also include a mounting bracket for a 2.5″ hard drive, or an SMA pigtail and antenna.


500 Mhz AMD Geode LX 800 single chip processor with CS5536 companion chip, 512MB RAM


Compact Flash card or Microdrive, and/or 2.5" HDD (IDE or SATA)


6-25V DC external power supply, max 20W; option for 5V supply using internal connector

Power consumption

6-8W, 8-11W with HDD


Seven front panel LEDs (power, disk, error, network x4), 12 bit general purpose I/O, 20 pins header, real-time clock (RTC)


4 ethernet ports (10/100 Mbit, supports 802.1 VLAN tagging), 1 miniPCI slot, 1 PCI slot (inaccessible), 2 serial (RS232) ports, USB 2.0, 2.5" IDE and SATA connector, 2 audio ports



Case colours

Powdercoated black, red


Soekris Engineering (board) / Yawarra (case)


net5501-60 or net5501-70


C-tick labelled for use in Australia; RoHS-5 compliant;

Note: This product includes software developed by the pfSense® Project for use in the pfSense® software distribution. (